Professor Helen Koo received B.S. and M.S. in Clothing and Textiles at Yonsei University and Ph.D. in Design-Apparel Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Helen Koo is a founder and a director of Fashion Design and Technology lab (FT Lab) at the University of California, Davis. She won the award for the best exhibition in the wearable computing design competition of the IEEE-International Symposium of Wearable Computers for her development of health care smart clothing, and she won several other national and international design competitions including the Golden A' Design Award and the International Design Award.
Her research and creative activity interests include apparel design and product development, wearable technology, functional garments, and sustainable designs. She has conducted multidisciplinary funded research projects on developing functional clothing for sports, protective garments for extreme environments, clothing for special markets, and smart clothing with sensors for healthcare. Her recent works focus on developing wearable technology for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.